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Marine Corps Unit Flags 1954-1960

Six types of Marine Corps unit flags, of the 'double flag' type, were mentioned in "Illustrations of the Flags of the Armed Forces" published in 1959. The Marine Corps Command flag was illustrated and described; for that of Division, Brigade, Regiment, Battalion and Company, only the small flags above them were shown, along with the note "... the flag sizes shall correspond with the equivalent Army units". All these flags had no fringes, and the sizes of the red flagpoles, along with their white metal spearhead finials and pike bases, were not specified.

Marine Corps unit flags in the 1950s were based on Army unit flags adopted in 1953; moreover Marine Corps uniforms were mentioned specifically in the Naval Dress Regulations for the first time in 1954.
Miles Li, 31 July 2016

The name of the unit is written in white letters directly on the red field near the hoist, and the badge of the unit is on the small white flag.
Miles Li, 13 August 2014

Marine Corps Command

[Marine Corps Flag] image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 31 July 2016
circa 1954-1960

Dimensions: 95cm x 83.1cm.
The name 'Marine Corps Command' is written in black on a white strip, 9cm x 60cm, next to the hoist. Above the flag is a small square flag, 22cm x 22cm, yellow with a red anchor.
Miles Li, 31 July 2016


Division

[Marine Corps Flag] image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 31 July 2016
circa 1954-1960

Dimensions: 90cm x 78.8cm. The name of the unit is written in black on a white strip, 9cm x 58cm, next to the hoist. Above the flag is a small swallow-tailed flag (20cm x 20cm?), yellow with a red anchor.
Miles Li, 31 July 2016

Brigade

[Marine Corps Flag] image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 31 July 2016
circa 1954-1960

Dimensions: 85cm x 74.4cm. The name of the unit is written in black on a white strip, 9cm x 58cm, next to the hoist. Above the flag is a small triangular flag (19cm x 19cm?), yellow with a red anchor.
Miles Li, 31 July 2016

Regiment

[Marine Corps Flag] image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 31 July 2016
circa 1954-1960

Dimensions: 80cm x 70cm. The name of the unit is written in black on a white strip, 9cm x 58cm, next to the hoist. Above the flag is a small square flag (18cm x 18cm?), blue with a white anchor.
Miles Li, 31 July 2016

Battalion

[Marine Corps Flag] image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 31 July 2016
circa 1954-1960

Dimensions: 75cm x 65.6cm. The name of the unit is written in black on a white strip, 8cm x 58cm, next to the hoist. Above the flag is a small swallow-tailed flag (17cm x 17cm?), blue with a white anchor.
Miles Li, 31 July 2016

Company

[Marine Corps Flag] image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 31 July 2016
circa 1954-1960

Dimensions: 70cm x approximately 61cm. The name of the unit is written in black on a white strip, 7cm x 54.3cm, next to the hoist. Above the flag is a small triangular flag (16cm x 16cm?), blue with a white anchor.
Miles Li, 31 July 2016

Marine Corps Unit Flags after 1960

[Marine Corps Flag] image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 10 July 2014
de jure 1960-63

[Marine Corps Flag] image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 07 July 2014
de facto 1960-86

[Marine Corps Flag] image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 06 July 2014
de jure 1963-86

The unit names are written in red letters on the white scrolls.
Miles Li, 07 July 2014

[Marine Corps Flag] image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 07 July 2014
de facto 1986-circa 1992

[Marine Corps Flag] image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 07 July 2014
de jure since 1986, de facto since circa 1992

The unit names are written in black letters on the white strips.
Miles Li
, 07 July 2014

Since 1960 unit flags of the ROC Marine Corps should have always had yellow fringes.
Miles Li, 10 July 2014


Marine Corps Company Flags

[Marine Corps Flag]
de facto 1960-63
image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 10 July 2014

[Marine Corps Flag]
de jure 1960-63
image by Akira Oyo and Miles Li, 06 July 2014

The unit names are written in red letters on the white scrolls.
Miles Li, 05 July 2014

In 1963 yellow fringes were added to the Marine Corps Unit flag; Marine Corps Companies lost their distinctive flag design, and adopted the Marine Corps Unit flag instead. The unit names are written in red letters on the white scrolls.
Miles Li, 06 July 2014

After the Marine Corps Company flag was discontinued in 1963 Marine Corps companies used the Marine Corps Unit flag.
Miles Li, 10 July 2014

Marine Corps Unit flag (and presumably the Marine Corps Company flag), adopted in 1960, always had fringes. See http://catalog.digitalarchives.tw/item/00/3a/19/44.html (the video quality is less than perfect, but still interesting)
Miles Li, 19 July 2014

Thanks Mr. Li gave us such a precious historical video on the Double Tenth's Military Parade in 1961.
According to the official archives, the Taiwanese military authorities didn't require the flags of units of all services to be decorated with fringes until 1961. With Chiang Kai-shek's approval, the authorities ordered all services to add fringes on the flags of units in early 1962.
Akira Oyo, 19 July 2014